Tradespeople across England will need government-backed approval to provide their services as part of a new Green Homes Grant Scheme.
How will the Green Homes Grant Scheme work?
The new scheme will see the government fund up to two-thirds of the cost of home improvements of over 600,000 homes. The scheme will also support over 100,000 jobs in green construction.
Consumers in England will be able to claim vouchers worth up to £5,000 for homeowners. Households on low income can receive vouchers covering 100% of the cost of the improvements, up to a maximum of £10,000.
The scheme will cover green home improvements, ranging from:
- solid wall, under-floor, cavity wall or roof insulation
- air source or ground source heat pump
- solar thermal
- double or triple glazing/secondary glazing, when replacing single glazing
- upgrading to energy efficient doors
- hot water tank/appliance tank thermostats/heating controls
These measures could help families save up to £600 a year on their energy bills.
I am a Tradesperson – what do I need to do?
TrustMark is the government-endorsed quality scheme, covering work a consumer chooses to have carried out on their home. Households will be able to choose from approved tradespeople in their areas but only approved and accredited installers will be able to be commissioned.
The Business and Energy Secretary said:
‘Our TrustMark scheme will guarantee that building work is completed to a high standard by accredited tradespeople, ensuring consumers are fully protected.’